Taki – Sakura Cherry planted to commemorate 30th Anniversary

Ceremonial plantation of Taki-Sakura being planted by Former Deputy Mayor of Miharu, Mr. Kunikaharu Hashimoto together with Agriculture and Forest Secretary
Ceremonial plantation of Taki-Sakura by Former Deputy Mayor of Miharu, Mr. Kuniharu Hashimoto and Agriculture and Forest Secretary

4 March, 2016, Dechencholing: As part of the official event to mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between two countries, three ceremonial Taki – Sakura Cherry (Weeping Cherry/Waterfall Cherry) tree seedlings were planted at Floriculture and Amenity Landscaping Centre at Dechencholing yesterday. A total of 12 seedlings were donated by the people of Miharu town, Fukushima prefecture, Japan which the remaining seedlings were planted afterwards.

The bilateral relation between Bhutan and Japan was established in 1986 and this year, the relation turned 30 years.

Addressing the official event, Hon’ble Secertary of Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Dasho Tenzin Dhendup said that Japan – Bhutan relation dates back to the time when Dasho Nishioka came to Bhutan almost 60 years ago. Since then, many Japanese individuals and institutions have rendered continuous technical and financial supports to the Country particularly in agriculture sector development.

“The relations do not need to describe,” Hon’ble Secretary said, adding the affinity between the two countries goes without saying.

A six-member Japanese delegation is in the Country from 28th February till 4th March to as part of the Urban Greenery Re-vitalization by Enhancing Capacity on Floriculture and Amenity Landscaping, a project developed by Fukushima Taki-Sakura Project together with the Department of Agriculture and approved under JICA Partnership Program.

Chief Representative of JICA handing over one of 12 Taki-Sakura saplings to Agriculture and Forest Secretary
Chief Representative of JICA handing over one of 12 Taki-Sakura saplings to Agriculture and Forest Secretary

The former Deputy Mayor of Miharu, Mr. Kuniharu Hashimoto said that it was a big honour for him to donate saplings of Taki –Sakura tree considered as one of the three national treasures of Japan.

He added that it is in gratitude to His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen who visited the coastal Fukushima Prefecture community in 2011 and offered prayers for the victims of the massive earthquake and tsunami disasters. The people then decided to organize a “thank-you” delegation to Bhutan, the first of which Miharu Town sent ten saplings in February 2013 and was planted at Ludrong Memorial Garden in Langjophakha.

A press release stated that a 12-metre high and almost 10 centuries old Weeping Cherry tree grow in Miharu. “The 2013 friendship delegation brought to Bhutan 10 saplings raised from Taki-Sakura seeds.” The 2013 delegation included an experienced cherry care-taker who planted the saplings and attended to existing cherry trees in a professional manner.

Under the current project, the key members of Fukushima Taki-Sakura Bhutan Committee and horticulture/gardening specialists from Miharu Town are training the Bhutanese counterparts in floriculture, horticulture and landscaping.

In addition, the Bhutanese trainees also visit Miharu to attend on-job training and gain extensive experiences in floriculture, tree management and landscaping.

The ceremonial Taki – Sakura plantation to commemorate the 30th anniversary was attended by Chief Representative of JICA, representative of Royal Grandmother Office, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Gross National Happiness Commission, officials from Ministry of Agriculture and Forests.

Reported by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS

Photograph by: Choidup Zangpo, ICS

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